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Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle - £20.00
From the ingenious comic performer, founding member of Monty Python, and creator of Spamalot, comes an absurdly funny memoir of unparalleled wit and heartfelt candour.  We know him best for his unforgettable roles on Monty Python - from the Flyin ... more
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Puzzle Ninja: Pit Your Wits Against The Japanese Puzzle Masters by Alex Bellos - £8.99
From the Guardian’s very own puzzle master, Puzzle Ninja is a new collection following the bestselling Can You Solve My Problems?   The puzzle masters of Japan create the world’s most satisfying puzzles. Each has a distinctive style but wh ... more
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The Unofficial Jeremy Corbyn Annual 2019 by Adam G. Goodwin, Dicken Goodwin and Jonathan Parkyn - £9.99
Hot on the heels of last year’s surprise Christmas bestseller comes a second helping of festive Corbyn fun.   The success of Christmas 2017’s Unofficial Jeremy Corbyn Annual 2018 proved two things: that the annual is a great format ripe f ... more
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A Self Help Guide to Being In Love with Jeremy Corbyn by Jess Green - £9.99
When Jess Green joined the Labour Party at university she doubled the number of members who met weekly in the Liverpool Philharmonic pub. Since then she’s stuck by them through the downfall of Tony Blair, the disappointment of Gordon Brown and the ... more
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What Would Boudicca Do? Everyday Problems Solved by History's Most Remarkable Women by Elizabeth Foley and Beth Coates - £9.99
Tired of being talked over? Of social media making you feel crap? Of the pressure to ‘have it all’ and a hot bod too?   Boudicca stuck up for herself and now she can help you do the same. It is time to start channelling the spiky superwome ... more
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Ways of Being: Advice for Artists by Artists by James Cahill - £12.99
What if you could sit down with your favourite artist and ask them anything you liked – Life? Work? Inspiration?  Based on new interviews and archival material from a huge roster of artists, this book does exactly that. Is art a ‘career’, ... more
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Art Matters: Because Your Imagination Can Change the World by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell - £9.99
A creative call to arms from the mind of Neil Gaiman, combining his extraordinary words with deft and striking illustrations by Chris Riddell. Art Matters will inspire its readers to seize the day in the name of art.   Be bold. Be rebellious. ... more
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Cats on Catnip by Andrew Marttila - £9.99
Cats enjoying catip! Professional animal photographer Andrew Marttila has captured wonderful split-second images of a variety of cats enjoying catnip (Nepeta cataria), which contains the oil nepetalactone. This non-addictive, harmless stimulant produ ... more
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My Teenage Diary: Adolescent Musings from the Hit BBC Radio 4 Series by Harriet Jaine - £12.99
Ever wanted to pick the lock of a celebrity’s teenage diary?   My Teenage Diary is a Radio 4 comedy show hosted by Rufus Hound featuring celebrities reading and discussing extracts from their teenage diaries. Collected together for the first ... more
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What My Girlfriends Told Me by Sonja Bajic - £9.99
A celebration of friendship, full of the best advice for times of heartache or uncertainty.   ‘My friends are my support system. I am lucky enough to have been surrounded by women who do not take no for an answer, women who fight their fight ... more
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Pocket Frida Kahlo Wisdom: Inspirational quotes and wise words from a legendary icon by Frida Kahlo - £5.99
Frida Kahlo is undoubtedly one of the most innovative and influential painters of the 20th century and is widely considered a style icon thanks to her eclectic taste and love for colour, print and hauls of jewellery. From a young age, Kahlo forged he ... more
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The Grip of Film by Richard Ayoade - £9.99
Gordy LaSure’s passionate about film. He eats film, he drinks film, and sometimes he’ll even watch a film. But most of all he loves talking to people about film: whether a comely student with low confidence and a father complex, a Studio ‘devel ... more
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For the Love of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word by Graham Tarrant - £9.99
Do you know...  Which famous author died of caffeine poisoning? Why Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was banned in China? Who was the first British writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature?   Banned books, feuding au ... more
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How To Be Champion by Sarah Millican - £7.99
Sarah Millican's autobiography will make you laugh, feel normal and probably sniff your leggings.   Hilarious, heartwarming and inspirational, this is the number 1 Sunday Times bestselling autobiography by comedian Sarah Millican. The funniest ... more
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Ginger Pride: A Red-Headed History of the World by Tobias Anthony - £9.99
Carrot-top. Ranga. Ronald. Rusty. Fire-crotch. Red.   Given redheads only make up two per cent of the global population, why has society dedicated itself to inventing ever-more insulting nicknames for them?  It’s obvious: jealousy.   ... more
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How Not To Be a Boy by Robert Webb - £8.99
“It sounded to me that to be a gentleman, you needed both manners and bravery. And that thought was horribly fascinating. Because I thought only wimps needed manners. And only tough guys were brave”   Following Peep Show, and alongside Back, t ... more
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Text, Don't Call: An Illustrated Guide to the Introverted Life by INFJoe - £11.99
An illustrated guide to the challenges and pleasures of the introverted life.   Introversion is “in.” But there are still many misconceptions about introverts in the world. They’re shy. Anti-social. They don’t want to have close relationsh ... more
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Never Mind the Toffees 2: Another Ultimate Everton Quiz Book by Gavin Buckland - £7.99
If you enjoyed the first volume of the definitive quiz book on Everton Football Club, this all-new sequel is for you. Packed with over 300 carefully researched questions, it will test the breadth and depth of your Toffees knowledge – from the famil ... more
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The Penguin Book of Puzzles by Gareth Moore - £12.99
For the puzzle fanatic. A collection of challenges from throughout history, featuring some of the greatest ever puzzle masters...   A Sumerian Riddle (circa 18th Century) There is a house. The blind enter it and then come out seeing. What i ... more
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Notes from the Sofa by Raymond Briggs - £8.99
From the beloved and bestselling author of The Snowman comes his first book in ten years: a charming and beautifully illustrated work for adults. In Notes from the Sofa, Raymond Briggs traces the course of his life in a series of wonderfully observed ... more
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Nemo's Almanac: A Quiz for Book Lovers by Ian Patterson - £9.99
A literary quiz full of quotes that will challenge, cheer and enlighten book buffs.  Which bestselling novelist wrote about a tumble at the seaside? Do you know the poet who penned lines in praise of frogs? And who had strong opinions on Apri ... more
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Sherlock: The Puzzle Book by Christopher Maslanka and Steve Tribe - £12.99
‘Dear God, what is it like in your funny little brains? It must be so boring.’   Can you pit your wits against the best and the wisest? Through these 200 puzzles and challenges, you’ll be able to elevate your powers of deduction, detecti ... more
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You're Weird: A Creative Journal for Misfits, Oddballs, and Anyone Else Who's Uniquely Awesome by Kate Peterson - £13.99
As seen on Buzzfeed: A quirky and engaging journal that celebrates what makes each of us a little weird.  Part journal, part activity book, and all fun, You’re Weird is a valentine for the inner weirdo in everyone–that part of us that doe ... more
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A Book of Book Lists: A Bibliophile's Compendium by Alex Johnson - £7.99
This is a book of book lists. Not of the '1,001 Books You MUST Read Before You Die' variety but lists that tell stories. Lists that make you smile, make you wonder, and see titles together in entirely new ways.  From Bin Laden's bookshelf to the ... more
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Bletchley Park Brainteasers by Sinclair McKay - £12.99
Put your brain to the test with never-before-seen mind benders, riddles and puzzles inspired by the code breakers of Bletchley Park.   Would you love to master morse code? Could you have have outsmarted an enigma machine? Would your love of ch ... more
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Shabby: The Jolly Good British Guide to Stress-Free Living by Emlyn Rees and Josie Lloyd - £9.99
From the creators of the bestselling parodies We're Going on a Bar Hunt, The Very Hungover Caterpillar and The Teenager Who Came to Tea.   Shabby - because there is no word for Hygge in English.   We all know Shabby when we see it. It's ... more
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Impossible Photography: Surreal Pictures That Challenge Our Perception by Agata Toromanoff - £17.99
This collection of remarkable pictures from photographers around the globe will tease your eyes and challenge your perception of things by crossing the boundaries of rationality and reality.  Striking compositions, often humorous, dreamlike, ... more
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The Ladybird Book of The Nerd (Ladybird for Grown-Ups) by Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris - £7.99
'This is a nerd.   He has a PhD and works in the biochemistry lab of a university hospital.   But this is not what makes him a nerd.   His catalogued and indexed collection of over 6,000 empty crisp packets does that.'   ' ... more
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How it Works: The Baby (Ladybird for Grown-Ups) by Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris - £7.99
The perfect gift for those deluded fools who are expecting a little miracle...  Allyce is taking Rainbeau to a local mother-and-baby group. It takes her forty five minutes to pack the bag with the change mat, nappies, wipes, nappy bags Sudocr ... more
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Catfulness: A Cat's Guide to Achieving Mindfulness by A Cat - £9.99
The international bestselling guide to achieving mindfulness - from a cat's point of view.  Human beings love to create problems for themselves. I observe this on a daily basis, as do all my feline friends. They never stop, and one of their favouri ... more
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The Pocket Book of Native American Wisdom by Tim Glynne-Jones - £6.99
A thoughtfully collated variety of quotations from Native American peoples, this selection of words of wisdom will give you solace, inspire you, give you pause for thought and perhaps even challenge your perspective.  Covering topics such as fam ... more
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1,423 QI Facts to Bowl You Over by John Lloyd, James Harkin and Anne Miller - £9.99
The eye-popping, gob-smacking, rib-tickling phenomenon that is QI serves up a brand new selection of 1,423 facts to bowl you over.   Iceland imports ice cubes A group of ladybirds is called a loveliness It is illegal in Saudi Arabia to name ... more
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Doctor Who: Now We Are Six Hundred - A Collection of Time Lord Verse by James Goss, illustrated by Russell T Davies - £9.99
With illustrations by Russell T Davies, original showrunner of the new-era Doctor Who, the first ever Doctor Who poetry collection — a charming, funny and whimsical illustrated collection of verse that celebrates the joys and pitfalls of getting ol ... more
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Sketchy Muma: What it Means to be a Mother by Anna Lewis - £12.99
The moving, funny and utterly endearing illustrated diary of what it means to be a mother.   This gorgeous little book charts the various bewildering stages of becoming a mother, from those tell-tale blue lines in the pregnancy test, to labour ... more
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Homer's Odyssey: An Embiggened Simpsons Guide by Four Finger Discount's Mitch Grinter and Brendan Dando - £12.99
Remember when The Simpsons was the funniest show on television?   The Simpsons is the longest running comedy in history. Gracing our screens since 1989, with over 600 episodes, the show is a cultural phenomenon. Whilst it is still drawing huge ... more
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The Jewish Joke: An essay with examples (less essay, more examples) by Devorah Baum - £9.99
The Jewish joke is as old as Abraham, and like the Jews themselves it has wandered over the world, learned countless new languages, worked with a range of different materials, been performed in front of some pretty hostile crowds, but still retained ... more
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Five Get Gran Online by Bruno Vincent - £7.99
The Five go north to see their grandmother - Granny Barnard - who they haven't caught up with for many years, since she remarried. She is alone over the Easter weekend and so the Five decide to look after and reconnect.  They're shocked to find ... more
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The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus by Dr Hannah Fry and Dr Thomas Oléron Evans - £9.99
How do you apply game theory to select who should be on your Christmas shopping list ? Can you predict Her Majesty's Christmas Message? Will calculations show Santa is getting steadily thinner - shimmying up and down chimneys for a whole night - or f ... more
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Pablo Picasso's Noel by Carol Ann Duffy, illustrated by Lea Maupetit - £7.99
A sweet winter light blushed as Pablo Picasso walked his dog under the cypress trees and the bell of the old chapel guessed at the hour. It was Christmas Eve.'   Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy's new Christmas poem, Pablo Picasso's Noel foll ... more
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The Book of Barb: A Celebration of Stranger Things' Iconic Wing Woman by Nadia Bailey - £9.99
For the Barb in all of us.   In Stranger Things, Barb was a nerdy, faithful underdog – a minor character no one expected to break the internet. But Barb resonated with us – the chill, bespectacled BFF and her unjust abandonment hit a colle ... more
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The Monkman And Seagull Quiz Book by Bobby Seagull and Eric Monkman - £12.99
"Monkman and Seagull show that a lot of knowledge is a wonderful thing and they do it with style, charm and endearing gusto."(Stephen Fry) You probably know them best from March’s electrifying University Challenge semi-final, which saw two of th ... more
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The Bedside Guardian 2017 by Guardian Books - £14.99
The Bedside Guardian rounds up the best journalism of 2017, showcasing the intelligent wit and thought-provoking opinions for which the paper is famous.  Essential reading for those of us attempting to make sense of a fast-changing world, in a y ... more
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The 'Call Yourself British?' Quiz Book by Michael Odell - £9.99
Find out just how British you jolly well are: 500 multiple choice questions based on the Home Office Citizenship test.  Can you beat the 51% of British 18- to 24-year-olds who failed the test? Includes genuine, nationality-defining questions ... more
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Five Escape Brexit Island by Bruno Vincent - £7.99
'Escape first, talk about politics later!' said George.   From the author of Number One Christmas bestseller, Five on Brexit Island, join the Five in their next hilarious adventure in this bestselling series for grown-ups!   It's a year ... more
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Private Eye Annual 2017 by Private Eye - £9.99
The Private Eye Annual 2017 present's the year's best cartoons, jokes and spoofs from the UK's best selling satirical magazine. Illustrated in colour throughout with cartoons, sketches and photo-bubbles.  Now in its 21st year the Private Eye Ann ... more
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Bowie Flip Book by Belly Kids, illustrated by Amy Pearson - £10.00
The man responsible for looks that defined the 20th Century. David Bowie's characters widened the mind of society, let us glimpse at new untold realities and set trends the world around.   What's your favourite? Aladdin Sane, Ziggy Stardust, T ... more
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The Riddle in the Tale: Riddles and Riddle Folk Tales by Taffy Thomas - £9.99
We have been fascinated by riddles for as long as we have had language – think of the legend of the sphinx in Greek mythology.  This wonderful book includes both magical riddle tales and simple challenges, with clues and answers hidden in intr ... more
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Alan Partridge: Nomad by Alan Partridge - £8.99
The deeply personal follow-up to Alan Partridge's deeply personal autobiography, I, Partridge, charting the highs, lows and mediums of his one-man walking tour around (certain parts of) Britain.   In Alan Partridge: Nomad, Alan dons his boots, ... more
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Britain's Best Political Cartoons 2017 by Tim Benson - £12.99
Britain’s Best Political Cartoons 2017 offers a pictorial whistle-stop tour of a year in which, among many other things, Brexit became a way of life, the general election that wasn’t supposed to happen happened and the world became obsessed with ... more
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F in Exams: Even More of the Best Test Paper Blunders by Richard Benson - £6.99
Q: Define the term ‘antagonist’. A: Someone who tortures ants.   Q: What are levees? A: Expensive jeans.   Sharpen your pencils and have your rulers at the ready – it’s time for more F in Exams!  School years pass by a ... more
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1,000 Unforgettable Senior Moments (Of Which We Could Remember Only 254) by Tom Friedman - £7.99
The president who left the nuclear launch codes in a suit at the dry cleaners. The novelist who put the orange juice outside and the kitten in the refrigerator. The Russian general who left home in full military dress ...minus his pants. The famous s ... more
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